Liu Yiqian, a billionaire industrialist and art collector. ‘The message to the West is clear: We have bought their buildings, we have bought their companies, and now we are going to buy their art.’ Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/New York Times

Even as the cost of his quarry pulled away from the $100 (€93) million mark, Liu Yiqian remained calm. “I was on the phone with a girl from Christie’s(...)

Colm Hughes with his U2 hedge in Malahide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 4:57

There’s something pleasingly eccentric about topiary. And it is more pleasing still when found in unlikely places. Seeing beautifully carved hedges(...)

Deliberately provocative? A Catholic church that has been transformed into a mosque for the Venice Biennale by artist Christoph Buchel. Photograph: Casey Kelbaugh/The New York Times

Pickled sheep; blocks of turf; sculptures made from human blood: art can be many things. At this year’s Venice Biennale, Swiss artist Christoph(...)

Disappear With Me: Alec Soth’s Snapchat images, which vanish from your phone almost as soon as you receive them, have sold out. Photograph: Jenn Ackerman/New York Times

It’s a First World problem that is insignificant in the face of life’s major traumas, but a defining malady among those who have enough is the nagging(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

Alasdhair Willis, the storm force gusting through British wellington brand Hunter remembers the first time he wore a pair of the boots growing up i(...)

Auctioneer Garrett O’Connor in Dublin holding the prized Damien Hirst painting that sold at an anonymous auction for just €380. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

It had to be star power: how else do you explain the figures fetched at the Christie’s contemporary art auction in New York last May, as $745 milli(...)

Momus: singer, writer, performance artist. Photograph: Christian Werner

Momus, named after the Greek god of mockery, creates satirical narratives in story and song. Since the late 1980s he has moved between the UK, Pari(...)

Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards. Photograph: Christie’s Images Ltd

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $80.8 million (€58.9 million) in New York last night. The triptych painting Three Studies for (...)